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r / February 15, 2011 12:57 AM

My network name is Shark Sandwich, after the Spinal Tap album ("more like 'Sh*t Sandwich'") sister's is Hamsterdam (Wire reference).

My laptop picks up OhioWhore, Lip, and Overleash (among the many networks that are merely reiterated names of the house's wireless router).

holden / February 15, 2011 7:46 AM

we are Darth Router.

anne / February 15, 2011 9:20 AM

A lot of my neighbors name their networks after their cats. So when I search for networks, I see all these names that I recognize as the kitties in the building. It's kind of like we're being ruled by our benevolent cat overlords. You know, moreso.

gate / February 15, 2011 9:59 AM


Kelly / February 15, 2011 10:49 AM

We are Invisible. One neighbor appears to love Mexico (iheartmexico) and the other might be a devil worshiper (BTK666)

Andrew Huff / February 15, 2011 11:13 AM

Here at The Internet, we've got "The Internet," of course. (No, we don't have a series of tubes. There's just one -- it starts here, see?) I see "Hammertime" and "think" nearby.

At home we're "Bell Tower," and there aren't any other interesting ones.

mike / February 15, 2011 11:16 AM

I assume an unmarried couple nearby is responsible for "Living in Sin."

Kathy M. / February 15, 2011 11:17 AM

Mine's called "In My Room." But most of my neighbors appear to have kept whatever their boring modem default setting was. Oh, except for the one person that doesn't have password protection and calls theirs "freedom." I love that.

mary / February 15, 2011 11:25 AM

mine is sockmonkey. i don't really know why i named it that, but it's been that way for years!

Leah W / February 15, 2011 11:30 AM

Favorite neighbor networks: Abraham Linksys
Jay Cutler's Vagina

E / February 15, 2011 11:37 AM

I've got HonchoE. B/c I'm the head honcho. My neighbors: Not Your Internet. Which is why I had to get my own.

Baldeesh / February 15, 2011 11:43 AM

Planet Vogosphere.

We're nerds at my house.

J / February 15, 2011 12:22 PM

The only interesting one near me now is ComcastSucks.

Other memorable names from elsewhere: Series_of_Tubes, JohnJacobWireless-HeimerSchmidt, and bipolarbear

D / February 15, 2011 12:52 PM

While setting up my (non-native) parents' wireless, I set the SSID to 'g-spot.' I can only imagine the kinds of conversations they have when people come over and ask to use the wifi.

Luke / February 15, 2011 12:57 PM

I recently changed mine to 'Traci_shut_your_fucking_dog_up', which coincided with a password change so that my trashball, noisy-dog-having neighbor couldn't poach it any more.

Kelly Reaves / February 15, 2011 1:40 PM

Katsup & Baybekilla are my favorites

Hersteria / February 15, 2011 6:52 PM

Since I'm a bird owner, mine is Aviary. My neighbor's is Baby Nugget.

But my favorites were when I lived near Colorado College -- always with the penis jokes, always with the ____ IS GAY.

Ah, youth.

kate / February 15, 2011 7:12 PM

Two girls and a girl cat? I named it "Pussy Palace" natch.

Sour Bob / February 15, 2011 8:14 PM

I saw STAY_THE_FUCK_OUT_GET_A_JOB the other day.

cinchel / February 15, 2011 9:19 PM

i named ours lsd-25 and each computer on the network is named after mathematicians.

charlie / February 15, 2011 10:34 PM

I got nothing

getupmom / February 16, 2011 10:57 AM

I glanced at my Iphone on the way to work the other day and noticed that I was going thru "Penis Wrinkle" .

Meems / February 16, 2011 2:34 PM

Clark is my cat.

BG / February 16, 2011 3:26 PM

My nickname "Billy" plus my legal name "William" equals the Billiam network.

Mike / February 16, 2011 3:36 PM


My neighbors (not counting Default and Linksys, who seem to be just everywhere) include "Mike270," "Anns_Wireless," "Elmwood" and NiHaoMao." We're an exciting bunch.

When my girlfriend lived in a high-rise surrounded by twenty-somethings, there was one called "GetOffMyFuckingWireless" which never made sense to me ... it was like leaving a six pack of Goose Island in the lobby with a sign on top saying "stop drinking my fucking beer."

I want to rename mine to "MasterControlProgram" or "WOPR."

rick marley / February 16, 2011 5:21 PM

gate FTW!

Brian / February 16, 2011 9:47 PM

Mine is "HouseNet." Yeah, real exciting, I know. My last one was "Deadbug." Some of my neighbors include: "Arroyo Sisters," "Disconnected," "Gonzalo," and "Mina bilder."

eee / February 17, 2011 8:58 AM

Ours is "HomeWireless." (We didn't set it up.) My neighbors are "X Mansion" and "I NEED MONEY."

jmnice / February 17, 2011 9:11 AM

Mothership Connection

Spook / February 17, 2011 10:17 AM

One of my neighbors is "Purple Kush"

pd / February 17, 2011 1:12 PM

heh.. When I moved in with my roommate our dogs were very affectionate to each other. Night and day they would hump each other. In front of the TV, under the kitchen table, Anywhere! They would follow us room to room and just climb all over each other. So when I setup the router I looked around the room and typed in "Hump It Up".

David Schalliol / February 17, 2011 1:13 PM

Mine's invisible, but notable neighbors include horror film devotees "jeeperscreepers" and the rose loving "Pink Intuition 2."

Oh, and there's the old standby "Don't Steal My Wireless!" too.

lakefxdan / February 17, 2011 1:26 PM

Currently we use Sweden after my top ethnicity. Considering changing this to WEREALLYDOCALLPOLICE, WATCHINGYOU, or something else that might discourage the drug dealers.

Adam / February 17, 2011 1:48 PM

"The Bloody Pad"

Jake / February 17, 2011 2:43 PM

Haxor Doombot

tim / February 17, 2011 3:16 PM

I remember seeing one called "No Fat Chicks." Classy.

jen / February 17, 2011 3:17 PM

I've been "unicorn palace" since 2005.

Other networks I see are:
The Tree of Life

Not very original or funny on my block it would seem.

donna / February 17, 2011 6:30 PM

we're "snugsville"
my neighbors have:
and, my personal favorite,
Taking My Talents to South Beach.

A-Dub / February 17, 2011 6:33 PM

Oh my gosh, this post is great. I've long talked about this topic too.

My family is pretty creative....

Mine: Skullsplitter Sister: Xochimilco Mother: Tenochtitlan

... but my favorites belong to my neighbors

Neigbhor 1: MegaVirusLauncher Neighbor 2: PersianWarrior

Megan H / February 18, 2011 12:29 AM

Ours is "catpuke," named for what was was being horked onto the floor as we set it up.

Someone close to us has "flaminghots" (although for a long time it was misspelled as "flamminghots").

JP / February 18, 2011 11:48 AM

someone in our neighborhood is "donkeypunchradio".

Mike / February 18, 2011 11:56 AM

Tried to log in at Chase Auditorium during 'Wait Wait, Don't Tell me'... network name was "NoWiFiForYooouu"

vanessa / February 18, 2011 4:17 PM

My network's name is gertrude. It was going to be that or hortense.

Kyle / February 19, 2011 1:54 AM

"LCARS". Library Computer Access & Retrieval System. Any Star Trek fans out there? Haha :)

Getupmom / February 20, 2011 9:14 PM

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